Amy Carol Farley, age 46, died unexpectedly but peacefully from natural causes on August 22, 2013.
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She is survived by her son, Robert Wilson Hicks, and his father, Robert Lane Hicks. Also surviving are her parents, Alan and Carol Farley of Pawleys Island, S.C.; brother Patrick Farley (Toni Ridge) of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sister Leslie Dare (Sherwood Bryan) of Raleigh, N.C.; and her nieces, MacKenzie Farley of Archdale, N.C. and Hannah Bryan of Raleigh, N.C. She also leaves behind her much beloved canine counterpart, Kuma.
Amy was born July 13, 1967 in Roanoke, Va. and moved with the family while in high school to West Virginia and later to North Carolina. Always two steps ahead of her peers, Amy skipped her senior year of high school and was admitted as the first such student at UNC-Greensboro, eventually completing a degree in political science at UNC-Chapel Hill.
During this time, Amy launched a career in politics, working first with student government at UNC-G and UNC-CH. She was then appointed at age 20 by Terry Sanford as the lead for college campus recruiting during his successful campaign for Senate in 1986. She later worked for CSX Railroad as a lobbyist.
Amy later focused the majority of her time on raising her son Will, while still staying active in Williamsburg school board activities, regional and state political campaigns. Her community service ranged from her typical outreach to anyone in need encountered day to day, to volunteering for the Jamestown 400th anniversary celebrations to service on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Amy was also a licensed Real Estate Agent and a CASA for Children volunteer.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 29, 2013 beginning at 1:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM and a gathering immediately afterwards at the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists Church. Friends and family will be invited to share brief remarks during the service.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Amy with your contributions to CASA for Children at www.casaforchildren.org or Oxfam International at www.oxfam.org
Bucktrout Funeral Service of Williamsburg
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Published in Virginia Gazette from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27, 2013